Insanity – My Personal Experience

Before I can tell you about my recent experience with Insanity®, I first need to tell you what lead me to buying the program in the first place, and why it then collected dust on my shelf for 7 years!!!

Roughly 8 years ago, I felt stuck.  I was unhappy in my marriage… I was unhappy with my fitness level…. I just didn’t feel like “me”.    I’d lost 50 lbs through Weight Watchers, but I still didn’t feel good about myself. I knew that something had to be done, but just didn’t know what.  And then one night while sitting in front of the tv, I saw an infomercial for Beachbody’s Insanity® and I was completely intrigued.  This program looked crazy hard, and yet the instructor seemed so motivating, and the participants in the videos looked incredibly inspiring.  Perhaps this is the challenge that I needed to help find myself?!?  And so, even though I was broke, I called the 1-800 number and ordered the program.  While waiting for the program to arrive, I took another scary plunge and asked for a divorce from my then-husband.  I knew that I had to do something in order to provide a happy, stable homelife for my then 6-year old son and myself, and however scary doing it on my own seemed, I knew that this was my best and only option.  And so there I was – scared to be raising my son solo – scared about how I was going to pay the bills and make ends meet – and scared about the unknown – when suddenly Insanity arrived.  I thought that this was my answer in a box – my remedy!  I sat on the sofa and read the materials, and then opted to watch the first DVD through before starting.  WOW – it was scary just to watch it!!  I think that I was sweating while I sat on the sofa!!  I decided that it was now or never, got into my workout wear, and pushed play.  I have never felt so challenged in my life, both physically and emotionally!  It made me dig deep, and I remember lying in a heap on the floor, drenched in sweat, and crying by the time the first workout was done.  I told myself that I’d get stronger, and that the next day would be easier – but it was still hard, and I still cried.  From the stress of the divorce, I wasn’t eating or sleeping – and so I can guarantee that this made it all the more impossible to complete the workout.  And so, I put the box away, and told myself that one day – one day, I would be ready to take on this challenge, and that I would complete it!

And now, 8 years later, happily remarried to a wonderful man, raising my son who is now almost 14, and my step-daughter who is 11, I decided that I was ready to give this Insanity program another try.  I felt stronger somehow – both physically and emotionally – and felt as though I could conquer anything!!  It is amazing what happens when you feel comfortable in your own skin and when you feel happy!!!

First, let me tell you that I sweat – and I sweat A LOT!!  You know how women say that they don’t sweat, they glisten?  Well, that wasn’t me!  I sweat buckets!  I don’t think that I have ever done any form of exercise where I had sweat dripping into my eyes during the warmup!  And I don’t think that the workouts ever got easier – maybe I pushed myself harder over time or maybe my body simply never adapted – because it was always challenging, and I modified frequently.  (sidebar: modifying is great.  No, you don’t workout less than the person doing it full out.  Why?  Because instead of making poor attempts at jumping or doing deep squats, or full pushups with poor form, you modify using slower and more controlled movement – proper form is always the best option!).

At the end of the 63 days I felt amazing!!  My arms were more toned, and I started to see my abs again.  My energy was through the roof, and my mood and patience level dramatically improved.  I felt strong, I felt fit, and more importantly, I felt healthy.  Now with regards to the scale, I hadn’t lost that much (5 or 6 pounds), but the transformation in my body speaks volumes, and just goes to show you that the number on the scale is irrelevant!

Will I do the program again?  Absolutely!!!  But first I am completing T25, and then want to try Insanity Max 30 – then I think I’d be up to doing another round of Insanity.  It has so much variety, and it is incredibly motivating from beginning to end – you don’t have time to get bored!!!

If you are interested in trying it out, check out my website at – your body and mind will thank you for it!



Which program do I choose from when there are so many options???

This is a question that I get so often – even before I became a Beachbody® Coach.  As many of you know, I’ve always been passionate about fitness, and I’ve owned just about every exercise DVD ever made (yes, iScreen Shot 2015-08-12 at 1.10.23 PMncluding Jane Fonda in her leg warmers!!).  Having ordered many of the Beachbody workouts through the years, including Turbo Jam, Turbo Fire, P90X, Insanity, T25, PiYo, Hip Hop Abs, Brazil Butt Lift, and 21 Day Fix Extreme, I feel that I have some very useful first-hand experience of what works and doesn’t work (for ME anyways!!).

Currently, I am a huge advocate of the 21 Day Fix and 21 Day Fix Extreme programs for a variety of reasons, and I’m going to list some of them now, and then let you be the judge!

  1. I think that I have exercise ADHD – I get bored quickly.  So many programs have you doing the same routine every day, for at least a week, if not for 30 days.  That’s why I’ve quit early with so many other programs out there.  I don’t like repetition.  I need variety.  With the 21 Day Fix and Extreme series, you do a different DVD each day, which means that once yScreen Shot 2015-08-12 at 1.12.49 PMou’ve done a DVD on Monday (for example), you won’t see that workout again until the following Monday.  It keeps my body guessing – it keeps me interested – and I actually find myself looking forward to repeating the workout the following week rather than dreading it!  Also, you do an exercise for a minute, and then move on to the next.  You can do ANYTHING for a minute, right?
  2. Along the same lines of getting bored easily, I’m also busy.  Time is of the essence!!  Some programs promise short workouts, but in reality perhaps only one or 2 of the DVDs will be 20-30 minutes, and then the remainder of them are 45-60 minutes long.  Although there is nothing wrong with longer workouts, I just don’t have the time – AScreen Shot 2015-08-11 at 3.37.12 PMND – I get bored easily!!  I want to have high energy and motivation from beginning to end – if the video drags on too long, I get bored, and I don’t put in quite the same effort as I did at the beginning of the workout.  With 21DF and 21DFX, the workouts are 30 minutes with warm-up and cool-down included.  How awesome is that?!?  A 30-minute workout is only 2% of your day!!  To me, that is doable and realistic with my already busy schedule.
  3. Autumn Calabrese.  I can’t say enough about this single-mom who is a celebrity fitness trainer.  She is motivating, while not too much that you want to smack her!  She hScreen Shot 2015-08-12 at 1.17.20 PMas an amazing body and so is clearly a product of the product.  She has great form, and knows how to teach proper form (a rare skill if you have watched enough fitness DVDs!!). Beachbody has a great reputation at stake, and they don’t cast inexperienced trainers simply because they look good – they hire knowledgeable instructors, and Autumn is one of them!
  4. Nutrition – the color coded containers are easy to use, and you learn how to eat a balanced diet.  You don’t eliminate food groups.  You don’t starve.  You don’t eliminate Screen Shot 2015-08-12 at 8.03.59 AMflavor.  It is a sound, well-balanced meal plan that can fit in even the busiest person’s lifestyle.
  1. Results – this is a program designed to show you immediate results. In my first round of 21 Day Fix Extreme, I lost 9 lbs and 11 inches!  My second round fell into my vacation time, and I managed to not gain weight – that is unheard of for me!!  Maintenance on vacation???  And I’m back at it again, and losing weight and inches all over again!
  2. 21 Days – that’s right!  One of the reasons why I love this program is that it lasts for 21 days – not 30, not 60, not 90… 3 WEEKS!!!  Screen Shot 2015-08-12 at 1.19.18 PMOnce again, to me, this is doable and realistic.  We are always told to set short term goals, and having a program last for only 21 days allows you to set those goals and actually achieve them in an amount of time that is motivating.  In the past, I’ve quit challenges around day 14 or 15 because I was thinking about how 90 days seemed so far away!  21 days doesn’t allow you the time to get discouraged!

I am sure that I have so much more to say about this program – and there will likely be more blogs to follow –   but I wanted my followers to know a little bit more about this exceptional program.  Check out my site at for more information on both the 21 Day Fix and 21 Day Fix Extreme – either purchased on their own, or as part of a Challenge Pack with Shakeology (more to come on that topic!!).

But what you can learn from this blog is simple:  No matter what you choose to do to get fit and healthy, make Screen Shot 2015-08-12 at 1.22.48 PMsure that it is something you are passionate about!  Make sure that it is something that can realistically fit into your routine!  Make sure that it is something that can become a lifestyle!  And lastly, make sure that is a sound program and eating plan – your goal is to become healthier, not sick!

Yours in fitness,